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Ripley first site in county to be named Purple Heart Town

May 19, 2016
By David Prenatt (editorial@westfieldrepublican.com) , Westfield Republican

RIPLEY - Ripley will be the first town in Chautauqua County to be declared a Purple Heart Town board members learned at their meeting on May 12.

Town Supervisor Douglas Bowen asked board members to adopt a resolution to be included in the Military Order of the Purple Heart society and to proclaim Ripley a Purple Heart Town, and to authorize the signing of the official Proclamation.

Bowen told board members that the proclamation is a way of honoring the sacrifices of those that were either wounded or killed by the action of enemies of the United States during war time.

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Billie Jo Reid, left, and her mother, Linda Marten, speak to Ripley council members about a breast cancer walk scheduled for July 9.

The board voted unanimously to pass the resolution and Bowen, the town board members and town clerk, Rebecca Rowe Carvallo signed the proclamation. Board member John Hamels thanked board member Robert McIntosh for his "tireless work" in helping this come about.

In a related matter, McIntosh and Hamels reported on the progress of Ripley's Veteran's Valor sign. McIntosh told board members that the posts are ready to be picked up in Erie, PA, and on May 18, the old flagpole sockets will be removed and the posts for the sign will be installed.

Hamels said that he would be picking up a donation which would complete the necessary funding for the sign. "The Northern Chautauqua community Foundation has graciously given us a grant for $3,500," said McIntosh.

Supervisor Bowen told board members that he had received a letter from the Code Enforcement Officer regarding the property at 135 West Main Street. The board first notified the residents of violations of local law 2-192 on June 8, 2015, and according to Bowen, the town board's directives were ignored.

Board members subsequently approved a resolution concerning maintenance of the property at 135 W. Main St., stating that all debris, trash, tires, and a derelict structure be disposed of within 30 days; failure to comply will result in the town disposing of the trash and debris.

Councilman Hamels said "I am really disappointed that the folks didn't take this seriously, and to tell you the truth, it looks worse than it did the first time we notified them."

Bowen noted that if the town needs to step in, the cost of all removal and disposal will result in a lien against the property or in judgments against the responsible parties, individually or collectively.

The board heard from resident Billie Jo Reid and her mother, Linda Marten, who told board members that on July 9, the day of Ripley's Bicentennial celebration, there will be a Walk Against Breast Cancer. The 2 to 2 1/2 mile walk will begin at 1 Park Avenue, at 8 a.m.

Reid said she was inspired to organize the walk by Marten's struggle with breast cancer nearly two years ago. Marten is currently in remission.

Reid said she has contacted Jim Garrant, president of the newly formed Northern New York chapter of the Guardians of the Ribbon - a nonprofit organization working to raise money and awareness for cancer in women and children.

Reid told board members that the proceeds will benefit three organizations: the Circle of Love of Dunkirk, Partners for Prevention of Jamestown, and the Regional Cancer Center in Erie, Pa. She also noted that a Chinese auction will be held after the walk.

Board members also discussed the possibility of staging a reenactment of an 1816 town board meeting, particularly the meeting in which the town was formed. They decided to discuss further, and they voted to appoint Councilman Mike Rowe as liaison to the Bicentennial Committee.

Supervisor Bowen told board members that he has met with County Planning and with Eric Weiss from Clark, Patterson, Lee regarding the Consolidated Funding Application. He said that the town will have representatives at the training workshops to "ask questions to help steer us in the right direction."

Bowen noted that the CFA was created to streamline the grant application process. "Even if we don't get funding this round, we'll learn from our mistakes, and hopefully get funding next time," he said.

In another matter, the board voted to accept the $3,373. Reimbursement from Norfolk Southern for costs associated with the train derailment. Bowen thanked council McIntosh for getting the numbers together for the reimbursement.

Councilman Rowe told board members that Thursday, May 26 is grievance day for property assessments. Councilman McIntosh reported that the assessment review board still needs a third member.

Mcintosh also told board members that the Zoning Board Authority has made the determination that an unattached trailer will not be considered an allowable storage unit in the Town of Ripley.

 
 
 

 

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